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Southern European Seas: Assessing and modelling ecosystem changes

Objective

The general scientific objectives of SESAME are to assess and predict changes in the Mediterranean and Black Sea ecosystems as well as changes in the ability of these ecosystems to provide goods and services. The Mediterranean and Black Sea will be approached as a coupled climatic/ecosystem entity, with links and feedbacks to the world ocean. The assessment of ecosystem changes will be based on the identification of the major regime shifts in ecosystems that occurred during the last 50 years. Mathematical models, validated and upgraded using existing and new observations, will be used to predict ecosystem responses to changes in climate and anthropogenic forcing during the next five decades.

The new data will be gathered during multidisciplinary; multi-ship oceanographic cruises in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. These will provide an overall picture of the Mediterranean and Black Sea that does not yet exist as well as essential data sets for model validation. SESAME will also study the effect of the ecosystem variability on key goods and services with high societal importance like tourism, fisheries, ecosystem stability though conservation of biodiversity and mitigation of climate change through carbon sequestration in water and sediments.

The innovative character of SESAME is reflected in the close merging of economic and natural sciences to study the changes in the western and eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea within the period from 50 years in the past to 50 years in the future. SESAME will create a platform for disseminating the research results to all levels of society. It will stimulate and strengthen international cooperation in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions through the participation of research organisations from Member States, Associated States, Associated Candidate countries, non-EU Mediterranean and NIS countries as well as international organisations.

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-GLOBAL-4
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Address
47Th Km Athens - Sounio Av., Mavro Lithari
Anavissos Attiki
Greece

Participants (47)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
3, Rue Michel-ange
Paris
P.P.SHIRSHOV INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY - RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Russia
Address
Nakhimovsky Ave. 36
Moscow
ORTA DOGU TEKNIK UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
Address
Inonu Bulvari
Ankara
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
Liege
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Calle Serrano 117
Madrid
CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE DEL MARE
Italy
Address
Via Isonzo 32
Roma
PANEPISTIMIO AIGAIOU
Greece
Address
Administration Building, University Hill
Mytilene
INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
Address
Parvi Maj Street, 40
Varna
ISRAEL OCEANOGRAPHIC AND LIMNOLOGICAL RESEARCH LIMITED
Israel
Address
Tel-shikmona
Haifa
ATHENS UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS RESEARCH CENTER
Greece
Address
Kefallinias 46
Athens
BOGAZICI UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
Address
Rectorate Bebek
Istanbul
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Lebanon
Address
Sports City Boulevard, Bir Hassan
11-8281 Beirut
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro,7
Roma
SOFIISKI UNIVERSITET "SVETI KLIMENT OHRIDSKI"
Bulgaria
Address
Tzar Osvoboditel Boulevard 15
Sofia
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L' ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
Roma
FONDAZIONE ENI ENRICO MATTEI
Italy
Address
Corso Magenta 63
Milano
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE PENTRU GEOLOGIE SI GEOECOLOGIE MARINA
Romania
Address
Dimitrie Onciu Street 23-25 Sector 2
Bucuresti
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
Address
155 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau
Issy-les-moulineaux
A.O. KOVALEVSKIY INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY OF SOUTHERN SEAS - UKRANIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Ukraine
Address
Prospekt Nakhimova 2
Sevastopol
INSTITUT ZA OCEANOGRAFIJU I RIBARSTVO
Croatia
Address
Setaliste Ivana Mestrovica 63
Split
ISTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA PROTEZIONE E LA RICERCA AMBIENTALE
Italy
Address
Via Vitaliano Brancati, 48
Roma
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE
Italy
Address
Borgo Grotta Gigante 42/C
Sgonico-trieste
FONDAZIONE IMC CENTRO MARINO INTERNAZIONALE ONLUS
Italy
Address
Localita Sa Mardini, Torregrande
Oristano
COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
Brussels
INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DE LA MER
Tunisia
Address
Rue Du 2 Mars 1934, 28
Salammbo
MARINE HYDROPHYSICAL INSTITUTE - UKRAINIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
Ukraine
Address
Kapitanskaya Street 2
Sevastopol
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE - DEZVOLTARE MARINA "GRIGORE ANTIPA"
Romania
Address
Mamaia Boulevard 300
Constanta
NACIONALNI INSTITUT ZA BIOLOGIJO
Slovenia
Address
Vecna Pot 111
Ljubljana
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA
Italy
Address
Via Di Vigna Murata 605
Roma
THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF OCEANOGRAPHY AND FISHERIES
Egypt
Address
101 Kasr El-ainy Street Tahir Sq.
Cairo
PANEPISTIMIO KYPROU
Cyprus
Address
Kallipoleos Avenue 75
20537 Nicosia
INSTITUTION OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES THE SOUTHERN SCIENTIFIC CENTRE RAS
Russia
Address
Chekhova 41
Rostov-on-don
STAZIONE ZOOLOGICA ANTON DOHRN
Italy
Address
Villa Comunale
Napoli
IVANE JAVAKHISHVILI TBILISI STATE UNIVERSITY
Georgia
Address
J. Chavchavadze Avenue 1
Tbilisi
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
Barcelona
UNIVERSIDAD DE HUELVA
Spain
Address
Dr. Cantero Cuadrado 6
Huelva
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
Bremen
UNIVERSITY OF CRETE
Greece
Address
Leof. Knossou
Heraklion, Crete
UNIVERSITA TA MALTA
Malta
Address
University Campus, Tal-qroqq
Msida
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italy
Address
Piazza Roma 22
Ancona
UNIVERSITE DU LITTORAL COTE D'OPALE
France
Address
1, Place De L'yser
Dunkerque
CARL VON OSSIETZKY UNIVERSITAET OLDENBURG.
Germany
Address
Ammerlander Heerstrasse 114-118
Oldenburg
UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH
United Kingdom
Address
Drake Circus
Plymouth, Devon
CYPRUS INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT LIMITED
Cyprus
Address
Akademias, 21, Aglantizia
Nicosia
CLU SRL
Italy
Address
Via Togliatti 17/C
Castelfranco Emilia
SOPAB BREST SA
France
Address
3 Rue Dupleix
Brest
INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL ECONOMICS OF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF UKRAINE
Ukraine
Address
Universiteskaya Str. 77
Donetsk